Assessment of preferences for treatment: Validation of a measure


  • This study was supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research (NR05075). And also partially supported by the resources provided by the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

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Systematic measurement of treatment preferences is needed to obtain well-informed preferences. Guided by a conceptualization of treatment preferences, a measure was developed to assess treatment acceptability and preference. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the treatment acceptability and preferences (TAP) measure. The TAP measure contains a description of each treatment under evaluation, items to rate its acceptability, and questions about participants' preferred treatment option. The items measuring treatment acceptability were internally consistent (alpha > .80) and demonstrated validity, evidenced by a one-factor structure and differences in the scores between participants with preferences for particular interventions. The TAP measure has the potential for the assessment of acceptability and preferences for various behavioral interventions. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 32: 419–431, 2009